Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity/International

A Non-Profit Organization on a Mission to bring Vision to Every Person on the Planet

The Voice of Optometry in Developing Nations Since 1971

25th VOSH Annual Meeting 2017

Join Us October 13 & 14, 2017

Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL

Contact wright@vosh.org for more information

Bringing the World Into Focus: The Story of VOSH

 

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Dr. Ellis Potter is awarded VOSH's 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award and Academy's 2017 Brien Holden Humanitarian Award

“Dr. Potter is a shining example of a life so rare in continuing humanitarianism. He leads by example and has inspired many.”  Harry I. Zeltzer, OD, DOS, FAAO, FVI

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VOSH Signs Agreement to Establish First-Ever Optometry School in Haiti

Memorandum of Agreement signed for Haiti School of Optometry

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VOSH Interns Needed!

Work with Board Members to further our Mission

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Bringing the World Into Focus: The story of VOSH

Praise for Bringing the World Into Focus: 

“I just received a gift copy from the Board and was humbled to learn much more about VOSH/International’s beginning than I realized. I surmise no matter how much or how little each contributed, it was the dedication of many that led to a movement of growth and achievement. Now in retirement I can look back on years with VOSH and feel proud of it.”

-Harry I. Zeltzer, OD, DOS, FAAO, FVI, Director Emeritus VOSH/International

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Vision Health International looking for Optometrist to join mission

Vision Health International is reaching out regarding an upcoming Mission Trip to La Entrada, Honduras on December 2-10, 2017. VHI is still in need to an optometrist for this trip. Vision Health International is thrilled to continue a great partnership with our host agency, Manos Amigas, an organization providing general health care to the people of La Enrada. This clinic is a busy place, rapidly approaching its 100,000 patient visits. Manos Amigas has asked VHI to help provide eye care to this highly under served population. VHI will have both a surgical and an eyeglass team. The surgical team will perform cataract and oculoplastic surgery while the second group will conduct an outreach eyeglass and vision screening program. We are currently recruiting for: 1 surgical technician, 2 OR nurse circulators, 2 PACU nurses, up to 4 translators, optician, optometrist and field screening personnel. To apply, please fill out the Volunteer Application Form at visionhealth.org Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Dr. Randy Rottman’s email is randyjk4jm@yahoo.com and our phone number at the office is 970-242-3323.... read more

Looking for VOSH team to come to Darien, Panama

VOSH- IL (Clinic Leader: Natalie Venezia) worked with the Kiwanis of Panama City in 2007 and had a very rewarding experience. The Kiwanis club coordinated everything that was needed to accomplish our mission. We found them to be caring and generous.   Since 2007, the Kiwanis has grown in Panama and recently opened three clubs in the Darien area.  The Kiwanis have contacted VOSH and would like to organize a VOSH clinic in the jungle area of Darien which is on the east side of Panama. They “would love to host a VOSH group and coordinate a clinic to provide the gift of sight to those who are unfortunate and have no means to remedy their situation”.   They are open to any dates and willing to do all the work required for this VOSH trip. Please contact Natalie Venezia, mailto:venezia@VOSH.org for contact... read more

SVOSH needed for Clinic trip to Guatemala

VOSH-Santa Cruz, Montreal is going to Guatemala on February 14-24, 2018, with stopover in Panama for some sun before coming home to winter.  There are 10 spots available for 3rd or 4th year students.  Please contact Pierre Labine... read more

VOSH Represented at the WCO Meeting in India

President-Elect Tracy Matchinski and I had the honor of representing VOSH at the World Council of Optometry (WCO) meeting on September 11-13, 2017 in Hyderabad, India. The World Council of Optometry represents optometrist throughout the world and advocates for the advancement of the profession. It’s always educational to me to interact with other organizations that represent optometry on a global basis, especially in developing countries where optometry clinics may be scarce, schools of optometry may not exist, or optometry is not recognized as a profession. The WCO meeting offered a wide variety of excellent continuing education classes. Doctor Matchinski and I presented a course titled “Evaluation and Management of pediatric patients with visual impairment and pediatric patients with special needs” and also a Poster on the progress of our VOSH Corps program. One highlight of the trip was when our VOSH Philippine Chapter saw on Facebook that we were attending the meeting and found us in the exhibit hall to say hello. It’s always a pleasure visiting with our chapters, especially those international ones that we rarely have a chance to connect with personally.  After the meeting, Dr. Matchinski spent two days lecturing at the LV Prasad Eye Institute symposium to optometrist from many different countries. Thanks to Dr. Vijaya Gothwal and her co-workers for touring me through their state of the art facility. I look forward to seeing you at the VOSH Annual Meeting in Chicago on Saturday, October 14, where our theme “Winning Together” reflects my belief in our strength in... read more